JERUSALEM, Israel -- Just after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu left for the U.S., the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) lifted a gag order Sunday releasing information on the arrest of a suspected Iranian spy.
Ali Mansouri, a/k/a Alex Mans, was allegedly trying to set up an intelligence-gathering base for future terror attacks. He had been activated by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, Israel said.
Shin Bet agents arrested Mansouri as he attempted to board a flight from Israel to Europe on September 11. Among his belongings, Israeli agents found photos of the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv and Ben Gurion International Airport.
"The detainee, a businessman, Belgian citizen of Iranian descent, was recruited by the Iranian IRCG [Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps] and sent to Israel in order to establish business firms, which would serve as a platform for clandestine activity of the Iranian regime apparatuses against Israeli and Western interests," the Shin Bet reported. "In exchange for this activity, he was promised a sum of one million dollars."
"The Special Operations unit is in charge, inter alia, for the execution of attacks against Israel -- abroad as well as in Israel -- and against other Iranian targets in the West and Middle East," the Shin Bet said in its report.
The suspect was taken into custody on his third trip to Israel, where he had been laying the groundwork with Israeli businessmen in Tel Aviv, selling windows and roofing applications for restaurants and businesses.
To read a detailed bibliography of Mansouri by the Shin Bet, click here.